In a region long known for its complexity, the Middle East landscape seems to grow more complicated by the week. To help unpack the latest developments—about Iran’s nuclear program, ISIS, the prospects of a sustainable two-state solution, or Israel’s relations with the wider Arab world— the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) co-hosted a full-day forum in New York City, in partnership with The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, the Israel Policy Forum (IPF) and Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS).
The event featured an array of viewpoints from leading analysts and former government officials, including CNAS Co-Founder and CEO Michèle Flournoy, CNAS Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg, CNAS Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg and CNAS Middle East Security Program Fellow Nicholas Heras.
Shared Security Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: David Halperin, Executive Director, Israel Policy Forum
Panelists: Efraim Halevy, former Director, Mossad
Hon. Michèle Flournoy, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, US Defense Department; Co-Founder and CEO, CNAS
HRH Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi Chief of Intelligence; former Saudi Ambassador to the US and UK
Syria, ISIS, and Regional Instability
Moderator: Ilan Goldenberg, Director, Middle East Security Program, CNAS; former chief of staff to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Panelists: Nicholas Heras, Fellow, Middle East Security Program, CNAS
Kimberly Kagan, Founder and President, Institute for the Study of War
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Udi Dekel, Managing Director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS); former Head, IDF Strategic Planning Division; Member, CIS
Iran's Regional Posture and Nuclear Pursuit
Moderator: Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics, and Security Program, CNAS
Panelists: Colin Kahl, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden
Frederick Kagan, Resident Scholar and Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute
Ilan Goldenberg, Director, Middle East Security Program, CNAS; former chief of staff to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Ariel (Eli) Levite, former Principal Deputy Director General for Policy, Israel Atomic Energy Commission; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
More videos from the Middle East Security Forum can be found here.